I am replacing a 4 prong cord which is red, white, black, green with a 3 prong all black cord. My stove is a Maytag which was originally wired with a 4 prong pigtail for use in a trailer. I want to replace...
Okay, without knowing everything I would need to know; here's what I propose you do. First of all, are you exchanging the same wire size cord (eg. #12 stranded wire for 20 amp, and #10 for 30 amp, #8 wire for 40 amp, # 6 for 50 amp, and so on) for the same application (ie. 30 amp for dryer, and 50 amp for range, etc.) ? Let's say you are, so what you want to do is take the 4 prong off (one by one), and write down the configuration and color, as you take off each wire. And then you're going to apply this to your 3-prong plug. So, without seeing the plug and its application - I'm going to explain to you how to wire this. First, put the black (hot leg) wire will go on one of the straight prongs - and the red (the other hot leg) wire will go on the other straight prong. Now cut the white wire down to about an inch, so it can fit into the plug when you're putting the cap back on. And remember to tape this white wire with electrical tape. This is for many reasons, but its basically for safety. Now, the remaining wire (green) goes to the right-angled prong - which is your ground wire. Now your wired for 240 volts, and depending on the size of the wire - your wire size shall be in accordance with the amperage that I explained earlier. Now make sure that your power is off at the panel before you plug this oven plug into the wall. Then, turn the breaker on, then off. If everything seems okay, plug the cord into the wall (with the oven off) - and then turn the breaker back on. Then proceed to turn your oven on from there, and then if everything checks out okay, then your good to go. Good Luck with this, and I hope this works out for you. If not, feel free to contact me again. - Jim
Apr 05, 2010 |